Sometimes an impulse buy turns out to be just the right thing. Call it operating on instinct.
It was a decade ago when Chad Faries first got a glimpse of the tall, yellow turn-of-the-century house embraced by a mature live oak draped with moss. A published poet and memoirist, Chad was applying for a teaching job at the time, at Savannah State University. One of his interviewers suggested they take a drive to see the historic Bonaventure Cemetery (made internationally famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), located not far from campus, in the Thunderbolt neighborhood, along the Wilmington River. As they meandered through what was once a small fishing village, they came around a bend and there was the house—with a FOR SALE sign out front.
Shown: Owner Chad Faries christened his early-20th-century cottage Diamond Oaks as an homage to the porch-railing design and the towering tree that first drew his notice.
Paint: color matched to the existing yellow.